Mwangi inspires Co-op Bank against USIU-A

By francis marangu
Jul 23, 2016
  • Carey Odhiambo rallied his side to a narrow win over USIU-A in a game replayed after being abandoned last weekend.

James Mwangi scored eight straight points in fourth quarter to mark the turnaround for Co-operative Bank as they beat United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) 60-52 on Saturday.

The bankers were outplayed by the students in the first three quarters before making the late comeback. It was Mwangi who tied the scores 46-46 with a basket and 7:26 to play in the fourth quarter.

He then tied the game again 48-48 after cancelling Alex Ramazani’s basket scored after a turnover by Sila Owuor. Mwangi made another basket to break the tie 50-48 and the bankers went on to open a 10-point lead at full time.

The turning point of the game came in the fourth quarter which Co-op Bank won 24-8.

In the first quarter, USIU-A won 19-12 after leading three times at 2-0, 5-4 and 10-8 while Co-op Bank led twice at 4-2 and 8-7. There was a tie of 2-2 and USIU-A went on a 10-0 scoring run when they trailed 7-8.

The second quarter ended in a 11-11 tie as USIU-A led 30-23 at halftime.

The bankers continued to trail in the third quarter which the students won 14-13 before the crucial fourth quarter.

Mwangi top-scored for the bankers with 18 points while Derrick Juma made three three-pointers to top- score for USIU-A with 26 points.

Confident Carey Odhiambo

This game was replayed after being stopped last weekend when the bankers were leading 59-49. Head coach Carey Odhiambo maintained the win was always for Co-op Bank and they took home what was rightly theirs from last weekend.

The loss marked Alvin Nyangweso’s return for USIU-A after suffering an ankle injury in December during the playoffs final against Ulinzi Warriors. He came on in second quarter and finished with four points.

Ulinzi had the better of Nairobi City Thunder winning 76-67 in a game that was hard to call in the first three quarters.

Both teams traded basket for basket and the lead never stretched beyond five points. Thunder’s indecisiveness in their offensive play was the main undoing in first half  where they conceded easy points.

The first quarter was won by Thunder 18-15 after taking an early 5-0 lead in the opening two minutes. For the remaining period of the quarter, the lead kept changing hands. There was no tie.

Thunder led 10-9, 12-11, 14-13 and 16-15 with Ulinzi leading 9-8, 11-10, 13-12 and 15-14. Ulinzi won the second quarter 15-8 to lead 30-26 at halftime.

In this quarter, Thunder led 20-19 only with Ulinzi leading 19-18 and 28-26 with a tie of 26-26.

The tight contest went on into the third quarter that ended on a 22-22 tie as Ulinzi maintained their four-point lead.

In this quarter, Thunder led three times at 34-32, 38-37 and 40-39 with Ulinzi leading five times 35-34, 39-38, 42-40, 44-42 and 48-46. There were three ties of 32-32, 42-42 and 46-46.

Ochieng fouled out

In the fourth quarter, Ulinzi won 24-19 after opening up an eight-point lead of 57-49. Thunder took a 64-63 lead with 4:04 on the clock from a Kevin Chogo basket. William Ochieng then tied 65-65 from two free shots after which he fouled out.

Chogo made one free shot to give Thunder a 66-65 lead. Victor Odendo scored the most important basket for Ulinzi as they took a 67-66 lead and went for a 9-1 run in the closing minutes to claim the win.

Chogo top-scored for Thunder with 21 points and Griffin Ligare added 20. Odendo finished with a game-high of 30 points for Ulinzi who scored four free shots and four three-pointers.

Thunder scored 16 points from the free-throw line and nine from the arc.

In the lower division, Little Prince beat Don Bosco 62-40. Victor Okoth scored 11 straight points in the second quarter to top score for Little Prince with 28 while Richard Ocholla scored 12 for Don Bosco.

Africa Nazarene University (ANU) won 85-38 over 4-Christ. Jonathan Kishibagaya scored 16 points for ANU, Emmanuel Atega added 12 and Salmon Mbisi had 11. Richard Ogega scored 1 for 4-Christ.

Zetech University remained unbeaten in women’s division one with a 37-22 win over Daystar University. Debra Atieno scored nine points for Zetech and Steffy Ngarire had seven for Daystar. 

Results

At Upper Hill School: Riara 53 MKU Thika 44, World Hope 55 KDF Morans 54,  USIU-A 52 Baraka 59, KCA-U 18 Gladiators 53, KAA 46 Upper Hill 50.

At Nyayo Gymnasium: Zetech 37 Daystar 22,Don Bosco 40 Little Prince 62, 4-Christ 38 ANU 85, Co-Operative Bank 60 USIU-A Tigers 52, Thunder 67 Ulinzi 76,